"Cuba seems to be the grave of all my hopes and property."
John Innerarity,June 16, 1848
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Today I thought about my ancestors sitting on the wharfs of Eufaula, Columbia, Apalachicola, Columbus, Fort Gaines, Bainbridge, St. Andrew, Geneva, Pensacola and Mobile, awaiting the boats from Cuba filled with cigars, rum, sugar, coffee, pineapples, bananas, oranges, coconuts and molasses. Soon I will have the opportunity to enjoy the riches and natural resources of the island.
What a stack of stuff I assembled this morning...
As we begin our work to free Cuba, let each of us have a moment of silence for Thomas Ray, member of the Alabama Air National Guard, who sacrificed his life for the Cuban Republic and the Cuban People at the Bay of Pigs, Matanzas Province, in 1961.
The Repubic of Cuba, 44,206 square miles, population(1960) 6,743,000. 2002 marked the centennial of the Cuban Congress and the establishment of the Republic of Cuba. 8 reales plata = 1 peso; 100 centesimos= 1 Escudo or Peseta
William Crawford Gorgas had a career in Cuba. Need to look that up. Found a memorial to the Martires de la Ciencia(Martyrs of Science) and to Carlos Finley, who perfected the insect hypothesis for yellow fever. Need details on those experiments.
Bronner envisions US Air in Havana. Domingo Rosillo got the ball rolling in 1913 when he completed the first airplane flight from Key West to Havana.
Need to get details on Cuban espionage. I believe Owsley cited documents that showed Andrew Jackson had spies in the Havana barrooms. One overheard Nichols bragging about his ragtag Indian/Negro army and used the information to successfully fortify and defend Mobile Point. Fort Boyer was the name of the fortification located at present day Fort Morgan.There should be other great spy stories from the Civil War, World War !, WWII and the Cold War.
I wonder if the library at the University of Havana needs any books or computers.
Found the Rotary Club commemorated on a 1955 Cuban stamp. Need the check civic club activity in Cuba.
Boss Tweed escaped from New York City to Havana on December 4, 1875. Havana has always been a good place to hide for Alabamians. I'll dig up the arrests of notorious Alabama characters in Cuba by Alabama lawmen.
Found where W.C. Handy played Havana during an early national tour.
Need to check out the status of the Capablanca Club. Capablanca won the World Chess Title in about 1900.Contact Chess Club at the University of Alabama.
Need to check out Havana's Vedado neighborhood and El Patronato and El Centro Hebreo Sefardi temples.
Check on American exports to Cuba from Apalach, Pensacola and Mobile, especially livestock and pork.
Contact Antonio de la Cova. He wrote Filibusters and Freemasons: The Sworn Obligation. This study details of four filibuster invasions between 1848 and 1851 aimed at overthrowing the Spanish. I found a 1950 Cuban stamp today commemorating Narciso Lopez' landing at Cardenas on May 19, 1850. Need to get list of the 521 expeditionaries who left Key West. Good story on the weapons provided by the state militias of Louisiana and Mississippi.
I knew I had heard of William Sharkey before. Sharkey was the U. S. Consul who swore William Rufus King into office at Ariadne Plantation near Watangas in 1853. I believe the same dude in 1850 who, as Chief Justice of the Mississippi High Court of Errors and Appeals, provided Lopez with legal opinions circumventing the U.S. Neutrality Law. Sharkey was a Master Mason and in 1825 was a member of Washington Lodge, No. 3. Remember that Robert Downman, Worshipful Master of Halo Lodge, No. 5, in Cahaba, was killed along with Lopez in Cuba during the 1851 invasion.Check the records of Rising Virtue #4.
Need to see whether the Jack Holmes collection of Archivo General microfilms is same as the one we have at the University of Alabama. There is no directory for Bama's collection.
Check on tarpon fishing on the South Coast.
Contact Daniel Brooks at Arlington House and Samford about his Rufus King book.
Gather early entertainment circuits that included Havana.
Cuban toasts and Cuban drinking..."Next Year In Havana" the Miami Exile Toast
Discuss the future of surveying, land title and public domain in Cuba. History and present law.
Detail the Spanish evacuations out of Pensacola, Mobile and New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase(1803), The West Florida Rebellion(1810), the U.S. occupation of Mobile(1813) and the U.S. annexation of Florida in 1821.
Cuban-Alabamian Studies....CubaBama..Check on the Cuban entertainment group, Alabama.
Check on pork and chicken exports to Cuba.
The Philatelic Club of Havana.Check the status of the U.S. blockade concerning Cuban stamps. Email Clayton about the Las Casas stamp.
Teddy Roosevelt didn't charge up San Juan Hill.During the Battle of Santiago, General Joe Wheeler,who had been carried to the battle on an ambulance, jumped on his horse when his men's charge was going badly and as his leadership caused the charge to succeed, Fightin' Joe yelled out,"The Yankees are running! They are leaving their guns! Oh, damn it! I didn't mean Yankees. I meant the Spaniards!"
Cigar business with Rod and Thomas.
Check out the status of the Cuban Boy Scouts.
Just before he died in Matanzas on April 24, 1827, Israel Pickens, third Alabama Governor who lived in Greensboro, wrote a memo concerning the $2000 he owned the University of Alabama Trustees for the rent of U of A land.
La Quinta Columna: Hitler's boys and girls in Havana
Havana during the Civil War...The Mobile Connection
Found a June 5, 1956 Cuban stamp illustrating the Masonic Temple in Havana. Check out newspaper articles on Cuban Masons.
Go to Greensboro and check out the home of Richmond Pearson Hobson.
Cuban medical history
Smuggling booze in the '20's
Almost three years ago, I drew the attention of Chip Forbes of the FORBES Magazine family. The FORBES Collection archivist,Bill Casari, got in touch with me and I proposed doing an article on John Forbes in Cuba. Forbes retired to his plantation, Canimar, in Matanzas in 1816. There may be some old law suits in Cuba that could give us a lot of insight into Forbes and the other Matanzas planters who came from the Gulf South.
I have the Plan for the Town of Colinton which was supposed to have been built near present day Fort Gadsden north of Apalachicola. Colin Mitchel was a Havana businessman who bought the Forbes Purchase.
Contact Ernie de la Fe'
Joseph Marion Hernandez91793-1857) is buried in the San Carlos Cemetery, Matanzas, Cuba. He was a delegate to Congress from the Florida Territory in 1822-23. He was a member of the Florida Territorial House of Representatives. He was the brigadeer general of the Mounted Volunteers who captured Osceola in July, 1837. He was an unsuccessful Whig candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1845. He moved to the district of Coliseo and died at the sugar estate, "Audaz", on June 8, 1857. He is buried in the Junco family vault in Matanzas.Check out the Florida Constitution Museum in Port St. Joe.
Let me close by saying that I will never believe the lies that "pre-Revolutionary" Cuba was a despicable hell hole. I know better but I don't think I can ever understand how the Cuban people allowed one man to sink their nation down into such a pit of misery and suffering. Maybe each of us can work each day to help Cuba move ahead as we remind the Cuban people of the pride and joy of their immense heritage. Robert Register email@example.com